Advice For The Class of 2018

Advice For The Class of 2018

Get ready: this year is going to be a good one.
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Congrats! You made it! You're a senior! Pretty soon, you'll be where I am, packing up your room and heading off to the next chapter of your life. But hold on, slow down a bit. You've still got some time left here in high school, and senior year can be the most exciting or stressful time, depending on what you make of it.

Most probably, you're thinking of heading off to college next summer. Good choice, because so far, college is pretty great. Applications have been out for about a month now. If you're stressing, DON'T! You still have plenty of time. Make sure to do your research carefully, but don't worry about picking your dream school just yet. Work hard on your applications; remember, that stack of paper is the only thing colleges will get to know about you, so make sure all of it counts.

But, don’t stress yourself out unnecessarily either. Just because that stack of papers and list of numbers is all colleges see doesn’t mean that defines you. It’s incredibly important to remember that! You are a lot more than that, my friend. Don’t lose your mental health over something as silly and trivial as this. One of the biggest lessons I learned while applying for college is that it really does not matter where you go, it matters what you do once you get there. Aim for the highest and the best, but don’t be disappointed if you missed. You’re still going to great, great, great things. Take it from someone who was denied from her dream college, the University of Chicago, but who's still doing fine for herself wherever she ended up. There’s still plenty of opportunities. Oh and, make sure you don’t procrastinate. You have plenty of time, of course, but don’t wait for the last moment either. Do a little bit each day, or a little bit each weekend. This way, it’s much less overwhelming and leaves lots of room for continued mental functioning.

Once you’ve submitted your applications, reeelllllaaaaaxxxx. Relax. It’s over, you can’t change anything and nothing’s gonna happen when you’re fretting over it. You did it! You applied! Celebrate! And then, take a seat, preferably by the window, and get ready for the best year of high school. I’m not exaggerating when I say this. Senior year is by far the best year. By now, you know the lay of the land, you know the teachers, you know the people, you know what’s happening, so you can just enjoy the moment. Enjoy your last high school dances, go out with your friends, explore your hometown. Make time for old friends; you'll regret it when they leave and you didn't get to say goodbye. Have fun, go to parties, be excited for graduation, do those things that you’ve always wanted to do while in high school, because this is your last chance to do them. Don’t leave high school with regrets. But also, don’t forget to keep studying hard, stay on top of your grades—colleges really do look at all of your senior year grades.

On your last few days, remember to pause a bit to be thankful (even though all you want is to get OUT OF SCHOOL). This school is where you came from, where you learned, where you made friends, where you’ve spent so much of your life. Even if you hated it, it’s important. Say goodbye to your favorite places, favorite teachers. (Read this article on What They Didn't Tell You About Graduating and share it with your friends).

Senior year is going to be great. Just believe that it will be, and do what’ll make it great for you.

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This College Suite Has Seen It All But She Won't Tell A Soul

This college suite has... given me the worst and best times of my life.
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This college suite has seen long nights of studying and homework that never is ever truly done.

This college suite has witnessed every single fight and felt every single tear. Every single fight and cursing has rung off its depressing white walls. Every slam of door and stop throughout it all has been felt.

This college suite has watched its residents fall apart and come back someone new. She has gotten to know each of us individually and brought out our inner most secrets whether we wanted to spill them or not.

This college suite has heard Africa by Toto being played at the most inconvenient times. Whether it was 3 AM on a Saturday night or 10 AM on a Tuesday morning, the familiar beat has penetrated these rooms, unapologetically.

This college suite has listened to all our bathroom chats. The most secretive conversations have happened with in that bathroom while someone takes a shower and we feel we can let it all out. The suite just knows our secrets never leave so it won’t spill what we regretfully say.

This college suite has watched us play with a Ouija Board in the middle of our hallway when none of us could sleep. She never disturbed us as we made popcorn at midnight and drank cans of Dr. Pepper while looking for some laughter in talking to a ghost.

This college suit has heard our worst decisions and I think she would stop us if she could but she sits back and waits for the unbelievable story that will follow later that night.

This college suite has never complained about the abuse we give to it and even though her walls are cracked and the carpets is stained, she always makes us feel like we are home.

This college suite has become my favorite place to run to, and I never want to let her go. But when it is time to say goodbye and the new group comes strolling in I just hope they know the life she holds and the stories she will never tell.

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10 Quotes To Motivate You Through The Last Weeks Of The Semester

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As the last few weeks of the semester approach, it can be extremely hard to stay motivated. You can do it! Push through the final countdown and summer is ahead! Hopefully, these quotes will help you stay motivated!

1.“ With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

2.“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” -Charles R. Swindoll

3. “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds." - Gordon B. Hinckley

4. “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.” —Charles Kingsleigh

5. “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” —Salvador Dali

6. “Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and again and bring their friend.” — Walt Disney

7. “It’s life. You don’t figure it out. You just climb up on the beast and ride.” ―Rebecca Wells

8. “Learning never exhausts the mind.” —Leonardo Da Vinci

9. “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” —Seneca

10. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” —Jack London

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